As expected, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich finished a distant second but vowed to stay in the race until the bitter end.
As expected, Texas Congressman Ron Paul finished an even-more-distant third but his small but ardent band of supporters treated it like a victory.
And former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum finished dead last and, as usual, no one knows what to expect from him.
Turnout in Nevada was dismal at best and some results are not yet reported but Romney leaves the state with the bulk of delegates, padding his count and continuing his momentum as the leader of a less-than-stellar field of GOP contenders for the right to lose to Barack Obama in November.
“I voted for Romney,” Cheryl Waggoner of Las Vegas told Capitol Hill Blue. “What other choice do I really have?”
In a year when a real candidate could knock off a failed President like Obama, the Republicans appear content to field an unbelievable list of political losers: the empty suit millionaire who gets into trouble every time he wanders off script; the serial adulterer with more ethical lapses than a mob boss, the Texas libertarian who never met a conspiracy theory he couldn’t embrace or a racist newsletter he couldn’t deny and a ultra right-conservative former Senator who is so far to the right that he even scares the tea party.
Yeah, Romney won. He’ll probably win most of the remaining contests even with Gingrich sniping at his ankles like a rat terrier. And for what? Republicans have become so fractured, so torn apart by internal dissent that they have little hope of uniting behind anyone in November.
Romney leads the race by default. He’s not the best choice but the least objectionable among a flock of losers. He’s backed by a GOP establishment that would prefer almost anyone else if it had a viable alternative.
The eventual winner goes up against a failed President who may go down as history as one of the biggest mistakes of an error-prone American electorate. He could go down in defeat, he should go down in flames — if only the party of the elephant could find just one viable alternative.
Instead, we have Romney, Gingrich, Paul and Santorum — the four horsemen of a political apocalypse once known as the Grand Old Party.